'Selling Sunset' Star Amanza Smith Defends Repeatedly Saying N-Word After Backlash: 'I'm Black, I'm
'Selling Sunset' Star Amanza Smith Defends Repeatedly Saying N-Word After Backlash: 'I'm Black, I'm White, I'm Asian'
Reality star Amanza Smith is doubling down. The Selling Sunset cast member responded to fans who criticized her for repeatedly saying the n-word in a song while celebrating Black History Month.
On Wednesday, Amanza Smith posted a video on Instagram of her mouthing the lyrics to a song, including the word "n-a" over and over again while smiling and laughing. She also reposted it on her Instastory with a graphic that read, "Happy Black History month!"
Amanza Smith IG Story
Critics flocked to the comment section of her original post to sound off and called out the reality star for using the controversial word.
In response, Amanza Smith took to her Instastory to stand by the video.
"To everyone in my DMs and my comments who don't know I'm black, I'm sorry you missed that one. But that was kind of the point and also, you're not going to please everyone."
"I thought it was hilarious, I still think it's hilarious. And I love that I can say n-a. It's in all the songs that I listen to and, yeah, I'm Black, I'm white, I'm Asian - all the things. And I don't have a problem with my post. Sorry that some of you do but, it is what it is."
In 2020, she opened up about her ethnicity and said,
"My father is actually 50% Nigerian and 50% a whole lot of different stuff, including Asian, Native American and European. My mother is German, English and Irish."
"I grew up with my mom and my stepdad, who are both white, but I knew I was mixed. At one point, I started to say I'm a half-frican; I'm half-frickin'-white and half-frickin'-Black. I even have that word tattooed on me."
Asked about the murder of George Floyd that sparked nationwide social unrest, Smith said at the time,
"I sometimes didn't feel like it was my place to be so vocal, but I feel very strongly about standing up for Black lives. I got some backlash from people telling me I wasn't Black and that my mom was a cracker, like suddenly I wasn't Black enough to fight for Black people. Even if that is true, they're missing the point - we all need to be in this together."
"I felt like I should have looked more into other people who had been in the same situations as George Floyd, like I wasn't doing my part as a citizen of the United States, never mind a Black person."
As for how she felt about being mixed race, Smith said,
"Proud! I'm proud to be Black. I think it would be boring to be just one race."
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